Kingdom Animalia  
 Phylum Chordata  
 Class Actinopterygii  
 Order Atheriniformes  
 Family Atherionidae  
 Genus Atherion  
  Atherion elymus  Jordan & Starks, 1901 
Provider: Kwang-Tsao Shao 
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Synonyms:Atherion elymus aphrozoicusAtherion elymus asperAtherion elymus freyiAtherion maccullochi  details
Citation: 臺灣魚類誌(沈等, 1993);The Live Marine Resources of the Western Central Pacific, Vol.4(FAO,1999);Fish of Japan(Nakabo, 2002)
Character: Body slender. Mouth barely protractile and with thin lips. Basihyal and mesopterygoids usually with teeth. No notch present at the anterior border of preopercular bone. Face with Shangreen denticles. Ascending process of premaxilla with no lateral processes present. Distal end of maxilla blunt and truncate. Gill rakers on lower limb of first gill arch 10 to 14. First dorsal fin with III to V spines; second dorsal fin with I spine and 8 to 13 soft rays;a nal fin with I spine and 13 to 15 soft rays; pectoral fins with I spine and 11 to 14 soft rays. Body scales moderately large, dorsoventrally elongated with circuli restricted to anterior half of scale; 40 to 44 midlateral scales; 5 or 5.5 scales in transverse rows along side of body; predorsal scales 16 to 19; interdorsal scales 5 to 8. Anus well behind tips of pelvic fins. Abdomen, lower half of midlateral band, and opercle silvery; spots on middorsal line large and silvery blue. 
Habitat: Loose aggregations inhabit tide pools and rocky shorelines and reef margins. Eggs are large. 
Distribution: Widely found in the Western Pacific from southern Japan south to northern Queensland, Australia. Has been collected close to the islands in Micronesia, Melanesia, Fiji and New Guinea. It is found in eastern and southern Taiwanese waters. 
Utility: No commercial value. 
Name Code: 380822
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